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Bibil Identifier bibil:216717
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Isaiah 44:5
Title (English, ) Textual Criticism and Other Arguments
Author van Staalduine-Sulman, E.
Journal TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism (Volume: 16)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 1-10 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The small unit of Isa 44:1-5 contains several problems with regard to textual criticism, syntax, exegesis and theology. Verse 5 forms not only the climax of the unit, but also of all these problems. Exegetes differ on this verse in at least three respects: (1) does this verse refer to Israelite people coming back to their God, or to converted gentiles? (2) must we translate the verbs ‫קרא‬ and ‫ כנה‬actively, or are they meant as reflexive or even passive forms? (3) Does the subject of the third line write ‘with’ his hand, or ‘on’ his hand? The first two problems are dependent on each other because the translation of the verbs is connected with the meaning of the entire verse. Are the gentiles giving themselves new names? Or is Israel coming back and returning to using their old names? Or is it even more complex and is Israel giving itself the old names again? This article aims to discuss the first two problems, especially the arguments given by exegetes to come to a meaningful solution, and the role of textual criticism within the argumentations.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Syntax
Pericopes Isaiah 44,1-44,5
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